People & Personalities: Sabres' Rick Jeanneret getting his own banner

In Buffalo, Mike Harrington wrote retiring Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret will be the “toast of the town” before the team's April 1 game against the Predators. He will be honored in an "RJ Night" ceremony that will “culminate in a banner raising,” putting him in the company of the franchise's retired numbers. The first 10,000 fans in attendance “will receive a replica banner” upon entering the building. There “will be tributes” throughout the night to Jeanneret's career (BUFFALO NEWS, 1/8).

CALLING IT A CAREER: In Charlotte, Jonathan Alexander notes the Panthers’ season finale at the Buccaneers marked Panthers radio broadcaster Mick Mixon's last as he “gets ready to retire.” Mixon "has the been the eyes of Panthers’ fans," describing "every scene and every play of every game” since the ‘05 season. But Mixon said that "it's time." He believes that there is “more to life than work," and he is "ready to just be a fan and spend time with his wife and grandchildren" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 1/10).

IMPORTANT PIECE: YAHOO SPORTS' Eric Edholm wrote "Fox NFL Sunday" host Curt Menefee "might be the least-famous member” of the on-air team, but the pregame show “could not be done without their 56-year-old Renaissance Man." Menefee replaced James Brown in '06 and has “helped steer ratings to higher levels.” Producer Bill Richards on Menefee: "We had to remind ourselves early on, he's not J.B.. But he's just so worldly and smart, we knew it wouldn't be long before he found his natural role. He balances everyone out perfectly." Menefee's balance “extends beyond” the sport. He “plays guitar and bass," is an “avid reader and a world traveler” (, 1/7).

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